Origin of popinjay
Examples from the Web for popinjay
This was the figure of a bird, decked with party-coloured feathers, so as to resemble a popinjay or parrot.Old Mortality, Complete, Illustrated|Sir Walter Scott
The house which had witnessed strange scenes played by stronger actors might be trusted to deal sternly with this popinjay.The House 'Round the Corner|Gordon Holmes
"Oh, I don't set up to be a popinjay," retorted Welch witheringly.The Battle Ground|Ellen Glasgow
The business of life is pleasure on the greensward, with shooting at the popinjay!
The royal company of archers of Kilwinning—dating, it is said, as far back as 1488—meet every July to shoot at the popinjay.